How Do I Use OpenStreetMap in SketchUp?

Are you a SketchUp enthusiast looking to incorporate OpenStreetMap data into your designs? Look no further!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of using OpenStreetMap in SketchUp. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Install the OpenStreetMap plugin

To begin, you need to install the OpenStreetMap plugin for SketchUp. This plugin allows you to import and integrate real-world map data into your SketchUp models.

You can find the plugin by navigating to the Extension Warehouse in SketchUp and searching for “OpenStreetMap”. Once you find it, click on “Install” and wait for the installation process to complete.

Step 2: Accessing OpenStreetMap data

Now that you have installed the plugin, it’s time to access OpenStreetMap data within SketchUp. To do this, go to “Extensions” in the top menu bar and select “OpenStreetMap”. A new toolbar will appear with various options.

Importing a specific location

If you want to import a specific location from OpenStreetMap, click on the “Location” button in the toolbar. A dialog box will open where you can search for a desired location by entering its name or address. Once you have entered the location information, click on “Search” and wait for the results to appear.

Note: Make sure you have an active internet connection while searching for locations.

Selecting and importing map data

After searching for a location, a map preview will appear in the dialog box. You can navigate around and zoom in/out using your mouse or trackpad.

To select an area for import, simply click and drag a rectangle over the desired region on the map. Once you have made your selection, click on the “Import” button.

  • Tip: Use the zoom and pan tools in the dialog box to precisely select the area you want to import.

Step 3: Editing and utilizing the imported data

Once you have imported the OpenStreetMap data into SketchUp, it’s time to edit and utilize it for your designs.

Working with terrain

The imported map data can be used to create accurate terrain models within SketchUp. To do this, select the imported map data and go to “Extensions” > “OpenStreetMap” > “Create Terrain”. This will convert the selected data into a 3D terrain model that can be further edited and modified according to your requirements.

Utilizing building footprints

If your OpenStreetMap data contains building footprints, you can use them as a reference for creating detailed 3D models of buildings. Simply select a building footprint and go to “Extensions” > “OpenStreetMap” > “Create Building”. This will extrude the selected footprint into a 3D building model that you can refine using SketchUp’s editing tools.

In conclusion

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to use OpenStreetMap in SketchUp.

By incorporating real-world map data into your designs, you can enhance their accuracy and realism. Experiment with different locations and explore the possibilities this plugin offers. Happy designing!